BKE Costume Rental was started from home with two costumes in 2004 by Bernhard Ernst. This was because of the need for a costume for a work event as well as an annual event two weeks later. This was a passion project as well as trying to get over the issue of R20 to R50 available for the last two weeks of every month.
The first two years were one to two enquiries per month. As more costumes were added, the enquiries increased and eventually costumes were rented.
Over the years, there have been many losses because of theft, lost parts, age and wear & tear.